The Outlook goes around the league and examines which players are hot and cold, and which players you should keep an eye on.
With the holidays swinging in, we have an abbreviated version of the Outlook this week, with a quick look at upcoming schedule and a rundown of some top pickups.
1. Memphis Grizzlies (2 games: New Orleans, Charlotte)
1. Indiana Pacers (4 games: @Washington, Golden State, LA Clippers, @Philadelphia)
Finally, there is an update on Ellis, and it was a positive one. He won't participate in full workouts until next month, but he was on the court doing shooting drills last Thursday, and it sounds like his rehab is going well. While his health is going to be a major question mark when he returns, Ellis declared that "I will recover 100 percent and be the same player I was before I left, or even stronger."
Ellis at 100 percent was virtually unstoppable last year, so if he returns at 80 percent or better, he'll still be a force. You shouldn't expect the same type of mind-boggling numbers that he put up last season, but he'll have plenty of big games once he gets back up to speed. If he's still available in your league, now is the time to pick him up. Get well soon, Monta!
If you're in a competitive league with more than 10 teams, West should not be available. But according to ESPN and CBS, he's owned in less than 60 percent of their leagues. I guess a lot of people are still sleeping, and they must not know that the combo guard is one of just three players averaging 3-plus assists, 1.5-plus threes, and 1-plus steals while shooting better than 45 percent from the field and over 80 percent from the line (
After a hot start, West has cooled down recently, scoring in single-digits in three straight games. However, now is the perfect time to grab him, because
Even in deep leagues, most of these players will usually fly under the radar, but they could fill-in quite nicely.
I told you to drop Collison in Week 6, but now it's time to pick him up again. In his last three games, the former Jayhawk is averaging 27.7 minutes, 13 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He played a season-high 33 minutes on Wednesday, and that's because
"Sideshow V" is not known for his offense, but Anderson has scored 15-plus points twice in his last four games. He's also been solid on the boards and is shooting nearly 58 percent from the field this season. A lack of minutes has limited his fantasy value in the past, but center
I was one of many people expecting a nice stat increase for Lou-Will this season. Instead, he got off to a terrible start, averaging just 8 points in 16 minutes while shooting just 33 percent from the field in November. However, in his last four games, Williams is scoring 16.5 points on 51 percent shooting. His minutes will still be limited since
If you're not sure how free agent bidding works, I'll give you an example. In my main high-stakes leagues, we're given a $1,000 budget for the whole season to spend on free agents, and bids are processed every Sunday night. So when Morrow exploded for 37 points and 4 treys on a Saturday, owners scrambled to put in their high bids. He ended up going for $232 in one league and $322 in the other. In the former league, he was dropped two weeks later.
So last Sunday, after reading about